Re: [Frameworks] Screening NYC, Sept. 15 at ISSUE Project Room

From: Tony Conrad (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 25 2010 - 17:42:37 PDT

Hi Meredith-----------

This looks great! I wish I could come, but I'll be out of town that day.

Best wishes,


On Tue 08/24/10 7:56 PM , Meredith Drum email suppressed sent:
> Hello Frameworks,
> For those in NYC in September, below is a press release for a
> screening Rachel Stevens and I put together titled "Hurricane
> Season." The program includes work by Pawel Wojtasik, Liza Johnson,
> Ghen Dennis, Robert Flaherty and Tony Oursler (and more). The show
> takes place Sept. 15th at 8 PM at ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn. And
> it is free. Thanks!
> =======
> On September 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. at ISSUE Project Room guest curators
> Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens will present “Hurricane Season,”
> a one-night screening of experimental documentary shorts reflecting
> the recent history of the Gulf Coast of the U.S. — catastrophic
> storms, an oil spill, a pattern of government un-response and other
> evidence of a complex system out of balance. ISSUE Project Room is
> located on the 3rd floor of (OA) Can Factory, 232 3rd Street at 3rd
> Avenue in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Subway F and G Line
> to Carroll St-Smith St. stop. Telephone: 718-330-0313. Website:
> Admission is FREE.
> Produced primarily in the Gulf region, the work included in
> “Hurricane Season” responds to complex issues with experimental
> strategies in an attempt to represent the landscape, people, the
> system, industry and their interrelationships. Representing a range
> of styles that are more lyrical and differently mediated than images
> seen in popular culture immediately following each disaster, the
> line-up features work produced since 2005, including some very recent
> work that is still in progress. Liza Johnson’s South of Ten
> considers how Mississippian survivors of Katrina are framed, with
> gesture and performance as alternatives to conventional
> interview-based forms of bearing witness. Pawel Wojtasik’s
> immersive video Below Sea Level (courtesy Priska C. Juschka Fine
> Art), partly shot with a 360° panoramic camera in and around New
> Orleans, articulates a sense of impermanence inherent in the
> location, underscored by Steven Vitiello’s soundscape. A
> collaborative film/video by Courtney Egan and Helen Hill takes a more
> personal and fleeting look at one block, blending flood-damaged film
> found after Katrina with video shot of the same site. Work currently
> in progress examining the BP oil spill will include pieces by Ghen
> Dennis and Christina McPhee.
> Framing the contemporary work will be excerpts from Robert
> Flaherty’s Louisiana Story from 1948 (courtesy Flaherty Film
> Seminar) and Tony Oursler’s Son of Oil from 1982. Louisiana Story,
> a lushly shot docudrama in black and white commissioned by Standard
> Oil, features an idyllic Bayou setting and an innocent boy’s
> adventures there as changes come to the region through the
> construction of an oil rig. The landscape and lifestyle of the Cajun
> people appear undisturbed by the drilling process, and even improved
> by the arrival of the oil industry. Tony Oursler’s colorful
> diatribe against the oil industry and our culture’s oil addiction
> is playfully enacted by performers and paper sets.
> Although the program is regionally focused, the intricately
> intertwined economic, environmental, social, public and private
> issues suggested by the films and videos speak to a larger context as
> we collectively grapple with a gross consumption of fossil fuels,
> global warming, environmental erosion, newly diminished ways of life
> and unstable economies—and how to represent these things.
> For a complete list of works, please visit:
> [1]
> Media Contact:
> Meredith Drum or
> Rachel Stevens
> Links:
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> [1]

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